379. Memorandum From Gordon Chase of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)0
Washington, November 25, 1963.
- Cuba—Bill Attwood
- Attached is an unsolicited chronology from Bill Attwood which describes the activities of the Cuba-Attwood tie-line from November 11 to the present. Apparently, the memo was dispatched on November 22, but because of the recent events, did not reach us until today.
- I do not think that Bill’s chronology changes the sense of the memo
which I sent to you earlier today.1 It does bring up a
couple other points however.
- Assuming we decide to let the Lechuga-Attwood tie-line continue its present limited course, shouldn’t we tell Bill to gently ease Lisa Howard out of the picture? (November 22 offers him a good excuse—“We are naturally re-studying the situation in light of recent events.”) Her inclusion at every step so far (see attached), frankly, makes me nervous.
- In view of the fact that you once mentioned to me that you wanted the written tracks of this operation kept to a minimum, do you want me to tell Bill that he needn’t send us any more chronologies? Or did you mean that you wanted no written tracks between Bill and the Cubans? (I personally feel that the chronologies are valuable; they give us a more accurate picture of what is going on in New York than oral briefings and permit us to exercise a closer control.)